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Minister Rob Davies announces revised film incentives programme
Minister Rob Davies
FILMMAKERS have applauded the reviewed film incentives guidelines programme by the Department of Trade and Industries which aims to bring transformation in the creative sector. On 22 July, during the Department of Trade and Industry Film Incentives Guidelines Launch which is part of the 9th edition of the Durban Film Mart (DFM) taking place from 20 to 23 July at Elangeni Hotel, Minister Rob Davies announced the revised Foreign and Post-Production South Africa and Co-Production incentives programme.

DFM, a brainchild of the Municipality in partnership with Durban International Film Festival, has made great strides in facilitating opportunities for local filmmakers to network with global film role players. A diverse industry programme is scheduled for this year’s DFM where over 400 industry professionals will participate in more than 30 panel discussions, workshops and master classes.

Davies said the film industry was making significant progress in South Africa hence a direction for the industry to move forward, had to be identified. “We have witnessed evolution in this industry after 1994. We started off on a slow progression as we became a location or place for shots and local scenery is now shown a backdrop in films. People are now producing films that tell our local South African stories and this is an industry that can contribute to the identity of this country,” he said.

Between 2015 and 2016, the industry contributed about R4.4 billion towards the South Africa Gross Domestic Product. Also, about 107 000 job opportunities – some permanent and temporary - have been created in the film industry. Furthermore, between 2013 and 2017, the department has supported about 500 film productions.

The aim of the programme is to encourage and attract large-budget films and television production and post-production work that will contribute towards employment creation, enhancement of international profile and increase the country’s creative and technical skills base. After the review, the incentives were increased.

This was welcomed by the experts in the film industry. Themba Sibeko said this was an opportunity for filmmakers to become contributors in the economic growth of the country. “This is our chance to transform the economy and also have access to markets,” he said. Film producer Irfaan Fredericks thanked government for efforts to uplift the film industry. “The time for change has come and new guidelines come with opportunities and we should use them to tell our local African stories,” he said.
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